Dealing with a prickly colleague can be good for your mental health
Are there people in your life that you'd rather not have to interact with daily or on a regular basis? There's no intention for this to sound like a rhetorical question. It's meant to solicit a binary response: yes or no. If you answer yes, are you interested in exploring how to improve this situation? It's common to not want to be around people with whom we're not comfortable. Provided the reason has nothing to do with psychological or physical safety, there can be a benefit to learning how to reframe these kinds of interactions. Being around a person you don't enjoy being with drains mental energy, impacts emotions and mood, and even negatively impacts your mental health if you're not aware of what's happening.
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Article by Bill Howatt, chief research and development officer of work force productivity with Morneau Shepell.